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Targeted Killing in International Law

Nils Melzer


This book is a comprehensive analysis of the lawfulness of state-sponsored targeted killings under international human rights and humanitarian law. It examines treaties, custom, and general principles of law to determine two distinct normative paradigms which govern the intentional use of lethal force against selected individuals in law enforcement and the conduct of hostilities. It also addresses the relevance of the law of interstate force to targeted killings, and the interrelation of the various normative frameworks which may simultaneously apply to operations involving the use of lethal f ... More

Keywords: targeted killings, humanitarian law, international human rights law, law enforcement, hostilities, lethal force, assassination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199533169
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533169.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nils Melzer, author
Legal Adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

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